The VIC government are the ones who need to make the decision to either kill the whole thing off or find the money to improve it - SA Premier Steve Marshall may actually tip in for an improved daily service perhaps jointly paid for by VIC/SA hauled by N-class but it has to be return daily again for it to be meaningful and they also need to find a way to shave time off the length of the journey. The SA government has (rightly) said that it doesn't support the existing structure and I can't see them changing their minds - an extra three months will do nothing if its just to continue the existing model.
Jacinta Allen is just stalling for time otherwise - doesn't want to be the one responsible for canning it I guess.
Jacinta Allan is Minister for Transport Infrastructure...something you SA guys know little about.
Melissa Horne is Minister for Public Transport...also something you SA guys know little about.
Again - having a little pout? Diddums.
Not really up with who-is-minister for what in the People's Republic of Victoria, however if your state government wants to spend money on a tourist train to our capital city without any contribution whatsoever from the taxpayers of South Australia then that's fine by me, for once my Premier Steve Marshall did a sensible thing and said 'no'. It's true that we're not nearly as fast and loose with debt as you are over there, the SA govt has its hands full trying to find a way of completing the South Road project without tolls and it won't be cheap.
You do realise that Chairman Dan's huge spending spree is more than double the debt left behind by Joan Kirner for Jeff Kennett at $62,900,000,000 - ALREADY - and that it's projected to grow by another $29 billion by 2024? They're pretty amazing figures aren't they, rather exponential-looking. Chairman Dan's credit card must be running red hot right now.
But yeah, go ahead and spend money on a train service to my state - on behalf of the people not paying for it we lowly South Australians say "thank-you big spending socialists across the border, thank-you Chairman Dan".
EDIT: Here is the Fairfax/Nine
article from only last month that those diabolical debt figures come from: Auditor-General Andrew Greaves cautioned that spending would need to be reined in or new money found for the government to make good on all its promises.
Really, why? Never stopped them earlier, why should it stop them now.